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Announcements for the weeks of Feb. 8 and 15

Personal Announcements

A message from President Hughes

Because of the snow, we had to once again cancel the discussion regarding creating metrics for performance-based funding. We are rescheduling the meeting for 2 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 9, in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
Sara Enright, vice president of student affairs/chief outcomes officer, and Rosemary Costigan, interim vice president for academic affairs, will lead the discussion. Your input is critical, and I thank you for your help as we work to deliver our recommendations to the postsecondary commissioner.

2015 Broadway World Awards

The Counter-Productions Theatre Company is thrilled to announce that members with connections to CCRI were recognized with 2015 Broadway World Awards in the semi-professional category:

  • Alumnus David Valentin, Best Actor for his role as Booth in "Topdog/Underdog"
  • Alumnus and Associate Professor Ted Clement, Best Supporting Actor for his role as George, Duke of Clarence in “Richard III”; Best Director and Best Stage Design for "Topdog/Underdog"
  • Professor Christine Fox, Best Play as producer of "Topdog/Underdog"
  • Alumni and students Ted Clement, PJ Marchand, Matthew C. Parker, Adam Florio, Christian Babic, Paige Barry, Steven Zailskas and Billy Flynn, Best Ensemble Cast for “Richard III”
  • Alumnus Branigan Duguay, Best Lighting Design for "Topdog/Underdog"
  • Former student Erin Archer, Best Costume Design for “Richard III”

-- Counter-Productions Theatre Company

Students to present at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference

The CCRI Honors Program would like to congratulate six students for their acceptance to present their work at the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) conference this March in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The following students have been selected: Sue Perry, Genevieve Kuada, Abigail Clarkin, Mariah Daviesson, Sarah Kristiansen and Andrea Grenga.

-- Honors Program co-directors Lynne Andreozzi Fontaine and Karen Kortz

Phi Theta Kappa celebrates its newest members

Pi Omicron, the CCRI chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, welcomed the following students to its growing membership in fall 2015:

  • Cortney Asselin
  • Wellington Bajana
  • Jane Barnes
  • Courtney Blackburn
  • Renee Bolduc
  • Nicole Brunhuber
  • Kristen Bruzzi
  • Patrick Caldera
  • Lucileida Costa
  • Gregory Dolce
  • Antonia Esposito
  • Haley Gaccione
  • Marie Geary
  • Christopher Gilbert
  • Rebecca Ginsburg
  • Kelsey Greene
  • Megan Guilbault
  • Jeffrey Haskell
  • Katherine Hopkins
  • Amanda Hull
  • Kehinde Ijale
  • Bradley Johnson
  • Corbin Johnson
  • Isaiah Joseph
  • Danielle Keegan
  • Sarah Kristiansen
  • Genevieve Kuada
  • Jared Lafreniere
  • Sarah Lagasse
  • Brandon Langdon
  • Chauncey Leahy
  • Emily Lewis
  • Michael Marcos
  • Cory Martin
  • Brismeyris Martinez
  • Devin McConnell
  • Brian McKay
  • Michelle Michalik
  • Franklin Morillo Montas
  • Carissa Moshier
  • Madison O'Connor
  • Fereshteh Pakdel Asl
  • Jason Paschal
  • Zachary Patterson
  • Berta Pelaez
  • Michael Perez
  • Benjamin Ponchak
  • Alisha Putnam
  • Mary Ramos
  • Arieann Sawyer
  • Tracy Scates
  • Jessica Smith
  • Nina Soares
  • Pearl Stack
  • Allora Stevenson
  • Anne Szymanski
  • Molly Jane Tartaglia
  • Nicholas Trafford

Congratulations to all of you on your continued high achievement and commitment to academic excellence.

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New Announcements

Writing Center offers free services

The CCRI Writing Center offers free services and workshops to CCRI students, faculty and staff members. This includes help with prewriting, organizing, drafting, revising and editing. For services, resources, locations, times of operation and more, visit the Writing Center website.

The Writing Center also is offering free Friday afternoon workshops from 2 to 2:50 p.m. in Room 6580 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. They will cover the following topics:

Feb. 19: Paragraph and Essay Structure

Feb. 26: Practicing Grammar with Online Quizzes

March 4: Punctuation

March 11: Quotations, Summaries and Paraphrases

March 18: Research Papers: The MLA System

Anyone with any questions should contact Karen Petit, writing center coordinator, via email or at 825-2279.

Day One 5K run/walk

Day oneThe CCRI Gender Equity Initiative will observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. The initiative would like to encourage students, faculty and staff to participate in the Day One 5K run/walk on Sunday, April 17. Day One is the only agency in Rhode Island that is specifically organized to deal with issues of sexual assault as a community concern. Anyone is welcome to register as an individual or team. Online registration is available. Registration forms also are available in the Gender Equity Initiative office, Room 1012 at the Knight Campus. Anyone with questions should call Nancy Forsstrom at 825-2024.

Safe Zone training

The Safe Zone Project is a nationally recognized program that equips individuals with the tools they need to be allies within the LGBTQ community. The CCRI Gender Equity Initiative will offer Safe Zone trainings according to the following schedule:


  • Knight Campus: 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22.
  • Flanagan or Liston (TBA): 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22.
  • Flanagan or Liston (TBA): 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.

Room numbers are yet to be determined. All members of the CCRI community are welcome to attend. To register or for more information, contact Nancy Forsstrom at 825-2024 or by email.

Forsstrom also is available to talk to classes and departments about Safe Zone and offer training to employees and students. Trainings take approximately two hours and are best in a group of eight to 12. Please contact her to set up an appointment.

If you see the Safe Zone symbol (see image above) on campus, it means the person in that office has had special training and is attuned to the needs of and issues that often follow the LGBTQ community. 

Art exhibitions


  • The exhibition "Waking Inner Dragons," featuring wall hangings by Andy Pritchard, will run through Feb. 25 in the Knight Campus Art Gallery.
  • "Journeys," featuring watercolors by Jonathan Almond will be on display through Feb. 19 in Room 1527, the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, in the gallery.

Knight Athletics schedules

athleticsThe following home matches are scheduled:

Women's basketball

  • 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, vs. Gateway Community College.
  • 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, vs. UCAP.
  • 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, vs. Dean College.

Men's basketball

  • 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, vs. Massasoit Community College.
  • 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, vs. Dean College.

Basketball home games are played at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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Events This Week

Performance-based funding discussion

Art exhibitions

Basketball games

PDD committee meeting

Professional Staff Association sick leave bank

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Ongoing News and Events

A Knight of Stars

The CCRI Alumni Association will hold A Knight of Stars at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick. Five Society of the Knights members and 10 Squire Award recipients will be honored at the gala. The Society of the Knights Alumni Awards are presented to CCRI graduates who have been active as community leaders, attained personal and professional success, provided volunteer service to the college community, and have brought honor to themselves and the Community College of Rhode Island. The new Squire Award recognizes CCRI alumni who have shown outstanding professional accomplishments in their field. View additional details and the award recipients.

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Human Resources
Announcement Corner

In addition to its important announcements, the Office of Human Resources wants to share good news with you on a regular basis. If you have a birth, marriage or a new hire that you would like to share with the college community, please send an email to

RIHETC workshops

The Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium (RIHETC) offers spring professional development workshops. Training opportunities pertain to biweekly employees. Visit the Human Resources website for additional program details and a full list of spring offerings. This is a great opportunity to attend workshops to not only learn about timely topics but also to network with individuals who are from other higher education institutions throughout Rhode Island. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please email Michelle O'Brien to register.

PDD committee seeks your input

CCRI's 14th annual faculty and staff Professional Development Day will be held on Friday, April 8. The committee would like your input. If you have a topic or speaker you are interested in hearing from, please let the committee know.
The PDD committee will hold its second meeting at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, location TBA. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you can’t make the meeting but would like to participate in the planning process, please contact co-chairs Michelle O’Brien or Deborah Notarianni-Girard.
As is customary, all daytime CCRI classes (credit and noncredit) are canceled and offices at all campuses will be closed. Classes will resume at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 8.

Professional Staff Association sick leave bank

The Professional Staff Association bargaining unit agreement contains a provision for a sick leave bank.  Each year of the contract, a PSA member can voluntarily contribute one day, seven hours, of his/her sick leave balance toward the bank. If, during the year, that employee suffers a "catastrophic" illness or injury, he/she may request to be allowed access to the bank.  A committee composed of two members appointed by the PSA, two members appointed by the administration and a fifth member selected by the other four members will determine whether or not the request will be approved.

If you would like to contribute a day of sick leave (seven hours) to the sick leave bank for 2016, please go to your Online Leave Report in MyCCRI for the pay period Jan. 24 to Feb. 6 or Feb. 7 to Feb. 20 to donate. Please use the sick bank donation code SBD to donate on any Monday to Friday. This code only can be used within either of these pay periods. All sick bank donations must be completed by Feb. 20.

View eligibility approval requirements online. This announcement pertains for CCRIPSA employees only. If you have any questions, please call Payroll at 825-2180.

2016 TIAA-CREF counseling sessions

TIAA-CREF representative Dan Samson will be available for private consultation meetings from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. according to the following schedule:

Knight Campus
  • Tuesdays, April 12, July 12 and Oct. 11, in Room 3116.
Flanagan Campus
  • Tuesdays, April 19, July 19 and Oct. 18, in Room 2138.
Liston Campus
  • Wednesdays, April 13 and Oct. 19, in Room 1134.
Newport County Campus
  • Thursday, April 7, in Room 200.

The one-on-one counseling session can help you sort things out and make informed decisions. Setting up a long-term financial plan can be a complicated task. The sessions involve evaluating your potential income sources and then factoring in the impact of taxes, inflation and the larger economic picture.

Biweekly employees who are interested in scheduling an appointment for one-on-one counseling can call 1-800-732-8353. Learn more.

New hires

  • Jon Benson has been hired as a visiting lecturer in Biology Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Michele Bourgeois has been hired as a coordinator in the Office of Opportunity and Outreach at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • Kenneth Collins has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Administrative Office Technology Department at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • Sara Enright has been hired as vice president for student affairs/chief outcomes officer at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Sheila Feeny has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Psychology Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Kristen Fournier has been hired as an information services technician II in the Nursing Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • John Freer has been hired as a coordinator in the Center for Workforce and Community Education at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • Joseph Galvin has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Math Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Jamie Lamkin has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Biology Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Christine Lima has been hired as an assistant professor in the Biology Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Ethan Stapleton has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Math Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Kimberley St. Jean has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the English Department at the Liston Campus in Providence.

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Last Updated: 2/8/16